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Cleveland County Schools rising ninth and tenth graders got a taste of medical and technological jobs this week during Club Med and Club IT at Cleveland Community College.

Students signed up through their schools and were placed by career development counselors, said Dean of Business and Allied Health John Lattimore.

This year was the third year for the health camp, Club Med, and the second for the technology camp, Club IT. The camp was free for the students and the teachers and students who help with the camps volunteer their time, Lattimore said.

Exposing the students to the medical and technological fields will help them decide on a career, he said.

“The intent is to get students to learn in school and see how it can be applied as a career. It’s fun and there are no grades,” Lattimore said. “We are trying to build a seamless pathway from high school to receiving their associate’s degree.”

During the IT camp, students got hands on experiences with technology as they built PC computers, installed operating systems and then tore down the computers they built.

“I’m interested in computers and engineering, so this is helping me narrow down which career interests me the most,” said Cleveland Early College High School student Stephen Velky.

The students also toured the Disney data center in Kings Mountain, the Facebook data center in Rutherford County and the Cleveland County Schools data center.


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